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Pentagon study claims: Climate change is imperiling half of all U.S. military sites globally

Via ThinkProgress by E.A. Crunden –

A new study from the Pentagon reveals that almost half of all U.S. military sites are threatened by climate change. The findings stand in stark contrast to the White House’s position on global warming and climate science.

Around 1,700 sites around the world, ranging from outposts to large bases, are imperiled by drought, wind, and flooding, the Pentagon study reveals. The report, submitted to Congress last Friday, is the first investigation into the impact “a changing climate” might have on at least 3,500 U.S. military spaces.

“The Department of Defense (DoD) has significant experience in planning for and managing risk and uncertainty. The effects of climate and extreme weather represent additional risks to incorporate into the Department’s various planning and risk management processes,” the report reads.